The African Artists On Barack Obama’s Favorite Songs Playlist

Before the turn of the new year, Barack Obama posted online about having began a tradition of sharing his reading lists and music playlists with the world each year.

In his post, he explained the tradition’s purpose by saying;

“It was a nice way to reflect on the works that resonated with me and lift up authors and artists from around the world.”

Obama who remains a popular figure the world over also pocked some fun at being a lot less occupied now that he isn’t president any more adding….

“With some extra time on my hands this year to catch up, I wanted to share the books and music that I enjoyed most.”

Barack Obama’s list featured some of music’s most notable names including Kendrick Lamar, Jay Z and Beyonce, as well as new relatively new artists like Chance the Rapper and SZA.

What we noted however, was that in his list was one specific act that hails from the motherland and they are Les Amazones D’Afrique.

Obama listed their song ‘La Dame Et Ses Valises’ as one of 20 that he described in his post, “get him moving”.

Les Amazones d’Afrique are a World Music group that hail from Mali and that particular single is from their album Republique Amazone. It also features singer Nneka.

Obama is famously known to the world to have African roots, having had his family on his father’s side, originate from Kenya.

 

Brenda Wairimu Lands Lead Role In Feature Film

She’s Kenya’s television sweetheart having already featured in a number of Kenyan productions that have graced our screens on both mainstream local media and also on the continental level. 

Brenda Wairimu is a woman who wears many hats, modeling and hosting a TV show being one of them but the one she remains most passionate about (besides being a mom) is being an actress.

This iconic star has written and directed (rather co-directed) her own production and looking at her social media, it appears she has now landed a lead role on a feature film.

Brenda posted a series of pics referring to the film whose name (if I’m not mistaken) is ‘Subira’ and it looks like it channels the Swahili culture kind of vibe.

Though we might be used to her acting as a more liberal and millennial young lady in most of her other productions, this wouldn’t be her first try at a more reserved role as she came onto the scene acting as a Swahili teen in the then drama series ‘Changing Times.’

You know, the one responsible for giving both her and Ian Mugoya a break onto the scene. 

 

The East African Artist Who Followed Chris Brown’s Footsteps and Did THIS

Chris Brown is famous and a little infamous also for many reasons. With multiple hit singles under his name, the star named his recent album after his most prized possession, his daughter.

Royalty dropped December 18th last year and following in Chris Brown’s footsteps, is Ben Pol of Tanzania who announced that his soon to be out album will be named ‘Mali’ after his first born child.

Ben Pol is anticipating the soon release of that album and he revealed that it’ll drop just as after the video to his jam ‘Moyo’ comes out, a video that was shot in South Africa.